recently got the chance to interview Turbine's Online Community Manager, Meghan "Patience" Rodberg. Fans of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO), Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO) and Asheron's Call (AC) will find some good information in this interview as Patience talks about the future of LotRO and some of the development for the upcoming Book 8 content and the forest of Mirkwood. She also discusses some of the freedom the developers have in developing content for LotRO based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Crafting will be getting some love and the developers are working on ways to allow players to link popular mediums such as Facebook and Twitter with areas of LotRO.

Fans of AC and DDO aren't left out either as Patience talks about the upcoming 10th Anniversary of AC and the long awaited Module 9 for DDO.

ZAM: One of the things that I love about LotRO is that there are so many areas that have gone unexplored. It's such a huge universe and there's so much story behind every area. What are some of the areas that you'd really like to travel into as the game progresses?

Meghan:  I've seen some of what they're doing with Mirkwood and it's going to be awesome - it's dark and gloomy and scary like it should be. We just went to Lothlórien and that was one that everyone was looking forward to. My favorite place in LotRO, and this is going to sound really lame because so many people say it, is the Shire. As far as where we're going next and where I want to see, that's kind of tough because we're following the timeline of the story in many ways, and it gets grimmer and darker the further you go. You know what I'm really looking forward to? I want to see Lake-town. In The Hobbit, that was the town that Smaug was attacking when he was killed. I'm really looking forward to some of the locations from The Hobbit.

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

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